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Countries that do not recognize or celebrate Christmas on the 25

Christmas is widely celebrated on December 25 across the world.

December 25 is widely celebrated as Christmas across the world as an annual Christian festival that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christianity is unquestionably the most popular religion on earth, accounting for 31% of the world’s population (about 2.6 billion), followed by Islam at 24%.

Christmas is observed in countries with a large Christian population, such as the UK, the USA, and the majority of their colonies.

There are several countries, though, that do not observe Christmas on December 25. They observe either January 6 or January 7.

Ethiopia and 10 others for example celebrate this day on January 7 every year.

Christmas is observed in a number of nations in Central Asia and Eastern Europe 13 days after the actual date of December 25. This is due to the calendar that they use.

These nations use the Julian calendar, whilst the majority of the world uses the Gregorian calendar. These nations include Serbia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan.

Several regions of Russia also observe Christmas on January 7.

Christmas is observed in Italy on January 6th, which is the feast day of the Epiphany.

It is believed that on the 12th day after Jesus was born, three intellectuals visited him to shower blessings as well as gifts. It is for this reason that Italy marks Christmas on January 6.

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African Countries that don’t celebrate Christmas

  • Algeria
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia

Asian Countries that don’t celebrate Christmas

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • The Maldives
  • Vietnam
  • North Korea

Middle East Countries that don’t celebrate Christmas

  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen
Countries that don’t celebrate Christmas on 25 December

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on the 6th or 7th of January in the Gregorian calendar.

For most Orthodox Christians, Christmas is the beginning of celebrations after 40 days of fasting.

This date works to be December 25 in the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar.

  • Belarus
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

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